Rain or shine, prepare to pound the pavement by participating in Penn State's Dickinson School of Law 5K Race Judicata to raise funds for the Law School's Public Interest Law Fund (PILF) and Loan Repayment Assistance Program (LRAP). The race will be held in Carlisle on Saturday, April 5 and in University Park on Sunday, April 6. Races are open to law students, staff, faculty, alumni and friends of the Penn State community. Runners and walkers alike are encouraged to come out and show their support. Leashed dogs are welcome, too.
"Public interest attorneys are an invaluable component of a fair and just system,” said Carlisle race coordinator Stephanie Sweeney '15. “All proceeds from the race will enable and encourage students and recent graduates with a commitment to public interest work to pursue careers in public interest law.”
The race in Carlisle on April 5 will begin and end at Lewis Katz Hall located on the corner of South and College streets. The race in University Park on April 6 will begin and end at the Lewis Katz Building located on Bigler Road, just north of the intersection of Bigler Road and Park Avenue in State College. All participants are asked to check in at the start/finish point between 8:30 and 9:30 a.m. on the day of the race which will begin at 10 a.m.
Interested runners and walkers can complete and submit the online race form on the Penn State Law website. The entry fee for registrations is $15 and includes a commemorative race T-shirt. Prizes will be awarded to the top male and female finishers. Registration by March 21 is recommended; those who register after that date or on race day cannot be guaranteed a race T-shirt. Payment is required before receiving race materials on the day of the race.
Established by law students in the fall of 1990, the Penn State Dickinson Public Interest Law Fund is dedicated to promoting student interest and community involvement in the field of public interest law. The goal of the LRAP is to encourage careers in public interest law by assisting law graduates with their educational loan repayment obligations and, for those who continue in public interest employment, absolving them of repayment obligation.
“The Public Interest Law Fund provides fellowships for law students who spend their summer working for public interest firms and organizations that need student assistance but do not have the resources to compensate them,” said race coordinator Jessica Parisi ‘14. “The race is a great way to spend a spring morning outdoors with friends, and we hope to see everyone there.”